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Social Audit Firms

The following is a list of firms that conduct social audits of supply chains. Please use this form to suggest additional organizations to add to this list. 


ABS Quality Evaluations

ABS Quality Evaluations (ABS QE), an ABS Group company, is a certification body that offers a range of standards, systems and specifications to help businesses improve quality, manage risk, and reduce environmental impacts.


ALGI International Inc, incorporated in 1994, is a third-party auditing firm pioneer in the corporate social responsibility field. They have 25+ years of expertise in the provision of social and environmental sustainable assessments and certifications, with an expansive workforce around the globe and spanning different industries. They perform over 3000 audits per year, conducted under the most critical international standards (Sedex, BSCI, Wrap, SA8000, SLCP and others), with an expandable work-force around the globe and the different industries.

Better Work Factory Service

Better Work is dedicated to improving working conditions and business competitiveness in global apparel supply chains. In order to achieve this, the programme works to improve conditions in individual factories while also leveraging our learnings for policy change at both the national and international levels. Factories enrolled in Better Work go through a process of learning that includes assessments, advisory services, industry seminars and training.


BSI’s supply chain auditing service enables clients to gain complete visibility into their suppliers’ practices worldwide. Their teams develop a supplier audit programme to suit specific requirements and combine them with risk data and analysis for a holistic risk-based audit across sensitive supply chain operations.

Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas offers more than 400 training modules including 26 IRCA certified Auditor / Lead Auditor / Auditor conversion training courses. We conduct more than 850 training courses every year at more than 30 locations across the country, thus helping over 10,000 professionals from wide spectrum of industry hone their skills and enhance their competence.

Centre Testing International (CTI)

CTI Auditing Division is an independent third-party audit body recognized by many customers and organizations. They have many professional and experienced auditors who are familiar with local language, culture, legal and social affairs in all over China and the Asia-Pacific region, and ensure that all audits will be recognized by customers and stakeholders.


DEKRA provides clients with initial supplier audits and continuous monitoring. They provide expertise in deciphering international, national and local regulatory requirements. The company specializes in a variety of fields including: environmental health and safety, data privacy and information security and quality management systems.


DNV helps organizations increase trust and visibility of their supply chain through, supplier audits and assessments, social accountability certification (SA 8000), sustainable supply chain management process certification, assessment of procurement and supply chain management processes, supplier assessment, training and engagement, and more.


ELEVATE delivers a broad range of environmental and social supply chain audits that support impact-driven responsible sourcing programs. Every audit report includes supplemental information to distinguish data collection points as transparent, inconclusive or inconsistent.

Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC)

IIOC is a trade body of a number of key international certification bodies, each delivering a range of management system certification schemes. It represents their views on management system certification issues and provides technical input that influences decision making in this field. IIOC is a key source of support to organizations involved in management system certification.


Innovatus team has the capability of utilizing client provided audit protocols and tools or using its own comprehensive audit platform and risk assessment tools. Audits are undertaken to assess the risks at a factory during a certain point in time. They offer fire safety, production and quality inspections, social risk assessments, and more.

International Compliance Group (ICG)

ICG’s audit and capacity building services are focused on manufacturing and distribution facilities, farms and agriculture producers to provide assurance to vendors, brands, retailers and other interested parties that the audited site is in compliance with the laws of the land, and the requirements and principles of the chosen code of conduct or program. Most audits are conducted within a two-week period.


Intertek is an industry-leading supply chain assurance provider with more than 20 years' experience in delivering end to end solutions that help organizations mitigate supply chain risk and protect their brand.


LRQA has a wide network of surveyors and inspectors located in most manufacturing regions. They can provide project-based, on-demand, or ongoing vendor surveillance. Their supply chain inspection services include: vendor site inspections, vendor assessments and audits, SMART inspections, vendor passport, and remote inspections.


QIMA offers comprehensive ethical audit programs that can be conducted according to international standards, in-house specifications or our own Best-In-Class Protocol. All QIMA ethical audit programs cover the following aspects: hygiene, health and safety, waste management, child and young labor, labor practices (including forced labor, worker representation, disciplinary practices and discrimination), and working hours and wages.

Re-Assurance Network

The Reassurance Network has set out to create an alternative to conventional “mass auditing” by using an experienced team that is skilled at building trust and encouraging transparency. By combining assessment, monitoring and improvement, they can help identify root causes, develop improvement plans and foster positive working relationships, built on greater trust and transparency. The firm has auditing and assessment facilities throughout China, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South and South East Asia.


With almost 160 years of experience across a wide range of industries, RINA is a multinational company that helps clients build strong, successful businesses. Through a global network of 3,900 talented professionals operating out of 200 offices in 70 countries, RINA supports market operators across the entire lifecycle of their projects, whilst assisting them in renewing their products, technologies and services.


SGS helps organizations ensure that they and their partners have efficient and manageable processes and systems in place which comply with stakeholder requirements related to quality, health and safety, environmental management, corporate social responsibility and other areas of sustainable development.

Social Compliance Initiatives Bangladesh (SCIB)

SCIB conducts third party social audit on factories, recommended and required by international buyers to comply with local law and international standards. Initial audit is conducted on new factories to screen the current problems and to locate solutions.


Sustain identifies the environmental, social and digital topics relevant to their client’s business model and integrates them into their core business processes. In doing so, they take the entire value chain of the company into account – from the raw materials to customers.


TÜV SÜD is a global provider of auditing and certification services. Their in-depth knowledge of regulatory compliance around the world and their highly experienced auditors provide customers with a fast, efficient service. They focus on helping their clients become more consistent, efficient and compliant.

UL Responsible Sourcing

UL’s Responsible Sourcing Program is dedicated to advancing sustainable business practices within supply chains, worldwide.  Drawing on 20+ years industry leadership, we partner with manufacturers, brands and retailers to provide tailored solutions to responsible sourcing challenges across a variety of industries and regions. UL has a global team of subject matter experts in the areas of social responsibility, environmental responsibility, brand protection, supply chain security, extractives and raw material sourcing.


Verisio has a team of specialised social compliance auditors  who visit many sites every day  as part of our programs for major brands, retailers and fast-food companies.

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